When: Thursday, Jan 28 | 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: MTCC 103

Days: Thursday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: College & University Libraries. Subjects: Ethics and Law.


Libraries have begun to move from traditional roles as information intermediaries into new roles as creators, hosts, and publishers of locally created content. Maker spaces, data repositories, and OA e-publishing are a few of the services that may re-position libraries and librarians as leaders in the new information environment. These kinds of services, however, can potentially lead us into legal and ethical minefields as we negotiate competing rights, explore the extent of institutional responsibility, and begin to build our brand as publishers. In this session we will explore how library staff can work through the obligations that come with these new and yet to-be-determined roles. Participants will work in groups to apply ethical decision-making processes to real case studies, and then come together to arrive at the best and most ethical “let’s make this happen” solutions.

Learning Outcomes
Understand the legal context that governs information creation and management.
Understand the intersection between law and ethics.
Develop a framework by which participants can apply professional ethical decision-making models to scenarios that may arise.


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